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Prokofiev: Symphonies nos 1 & 2 / Kuchar, Ukrainian NSO

> Dreams, Op. 6 - Dreams, Op. 6
> Autumnal Sketch, Op. 8 - Autumnal Sketch, Op. 8
> Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25, "Classical" - I. Allegro
> Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25, "Classical" - II. Larghetto
> Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25, "Classical" - III. Gavotte: Non troppo allegro
> Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25, "Classical" - IV. Finale: Molto vivace
> Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - I. Allegro ben articolato
> Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - II. Theme
> Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - II. Variation 1
> Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - II. Variation 2
> Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - II. Variation 3
> Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - II. Variation 4
> Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - II. Variation 5
> Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - II. Variation 6
> Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - Thema

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Dreams, Op. 6
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Autumnal Sketch, Op. 8
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical"
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 2 in D minor, Op. 40
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"...The performances are atmospheric, almost hallucinogenic, and they redeem the feverish Dreams and Autumnal Sketch from classification as mere juvenilia...Kuchar and his orchestra can stand next to the big boys, including Jarvi on Chandos...and Rozhdestvensky on Consonance...the price is right." -Tuttle, Fanfare

Classical Net
As disappointing as I found Kuchar's "Classical" Symphony, I think he does a wonderful job in the second - indeed, the best recorded performance I know (my previous favorite, Järvi on Chandos). The textures of the first movement don't gum up and he manages to impart a terrific sense of pace, although the composer ultimately louses him up. I recommend the disc for the Second and for the Autumnal Sketch. The sound is quite good.



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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Dreams, Op. 6
  • Conductor: Theodore Kuchar
  • Ensemble: Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Ukrainian Radio, Kiev, Russia (12/10/1995-12/14/1995)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Autumnal Sketch, Op. 8
  • Conductor: Theodore Kuchar
  • Ensemble: Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Ukrainian Radio, Kiev, Russia (12/10/1995-12/14/1995)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical"
  • Conductor: Theodore Kuchar
  • Ensemble: Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Ukrainian Radio, Kiev, Russia (12/10/1995-12/14/1995)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 2 in D minor, Op. 40
  • Conductor: Theodore Kuchar
  • Ensemble: Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Ukrainian Radio, Kiev, Russia (12/10/1995-12/14/1995)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924-1925